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Krones and Stadler
Turbo-starting a strong closed-cycle economy

Used PET bottles and other plastic waste can serve the packaging sector and other industries as a valuable resource. It’s only that – currently, at least – this resource is still lying fallow in many areas. In order to bring about a lasting change here, Krones,  Neutraubling, and Stadler Anlagenbau have joined forces in a cooperative partnership.

Their shared goal: to harness the advantages of plastics recycling for clients all over the world as simply and profitably as possible, by offering them already-existing, abundantly field-proven solutions in the field of sorting and recycling technology as complete single-sourced turnkey factories. And also by jointly developing new solutions, processes and technologies themed around the sorting and treatment of waste.

By synergising the two companies’ specialist expertise and technologies, Krones and Stadler expect to generate significant impetus for recycling technology and the associated closed-cycle economy. “We want to supply our clients with the very best quality in terms of material available in the sector,” explains Willi Stadler, Managing Director of Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH. Christian Fisch, who as Head of Plants at Krones AG is responsible for the alliance, adds: “This collaboration enables us to reduce and improve interfaces. Thus we’re not only progressing our technological and processing capabilities – we’re also once again significantly faster when it comes to handling specific customer projects.”

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Klosterfrau
Filling and Capping machine

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Bosch Syntegon Filling and Capping machine at Company Klosterfrau

Flexible filling and capping line to bottle various liquid and viscous medicines in glass bottles ready for oral consumption at Company Klosterfrau.

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RSA
Fully automatic labelling of shock absorbers

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RSA - Fully automatic labelling of shock absorbers

The RSA Series Labelling System has been designed to identify suspension springs with the appropriate load class based on an individual load measurement result. The system receives the measurement results from the upstream system. The system is available as single or double cycle variant (depending on the required throughput).

The variable data are printed with the respective data by a label printing dispenser (with double cycle variant of 2 label printing dispensers) before application. The currently printed label is always applied. The labels can be printed in one or more colours.

Simple linear axes, single- or twin-robot systems are used as handling systems. Since the labels are normally wider than the distance between the threads, the label is preformed as a U before it is applied to reach the labelling position before it is placed around the thread and finally fixed as a flag label. At the outlet of the line, the data is captured by an inspection system and compared with the original measurement results.

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1 billionth alu-free pack
Uptake grows for low-carbon aluminium-free solution

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SIG’s combibloc EcoPlus, the world’s first and only aluminium-free aseptic carton, has hit a milestone of 1 billion packs filled. The 1 billionth pack was filled by DMK Group, Germany’s largest dairy cooperative. (Picture: SIG)
SIG’s Combibloc Eco Plus, the world’s first and only aluminium-free aseptic carton, has hit a milestone of 1 billion packs filled. The 1 billionth pack was filled by DMK Group, Germany’s largest dairy cooperative. (Picture: SIG)

SIG’s Combibloc Eco Plus, the world’s first and only aluminium-free aseptic carton, has hit the major milestone of 1 billion packs filled. With the launch of Combibloc Eco Plus, SIG disrupted the market by eliminating the need for an aluminium foil barrier layer in aseptic beverage cartons for the first time, significantly reducing environmental impact. Strong and growing demand for this solution is supporting SIG’s ambition to go Way Beyond Good by helping to create a sustainable food supply system that puts more into the environment and society than it takes out. The 1 billionth pack was filled by DMK Group, Germany’s largest dairy cooperative. As an early adopter of Combibloc Eco Plus, DMK Group has played a decisive role in the success story of this low-carbon aseptic packaging solution for the dairy market.

Delivering for the environment

Aseptic beverage cartons already offer a significantly lower environmental footprint than alternative types of packaging due to their high proportion of renewable materials, light weight and efficient design. Combibloc Eco Plus cuts environmental impact even further by using an innovative composite structure to protect the contents without the need for aluminium foil. The pack is made up of 82% renewable paperboard – sourced from FSC-certified sustainable sources. The result is a 28 % lower carbon footprint than a conventional SIG carton in the same format, as shown by an independent lifecycle assessment by the independent Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU). SIG is the only company offering an aseptic carton pack without aluminium. Combibloc Eco Plus showcases the company’s commitment to sustainable innovation as it drives progress towards its Way Beyond Good ambition. The innovative aluminium-free structure also forms the basis for Signature Pack 100, the world’s first pack aseptic pack linked to 100% renewable materials.

Broad market appeal

Climate change has become a mainstream topic for consumers and SIG’s low-carbon Combibloc Eco Plus solution is helping customers meet growing demand for more sustainable packaging. Both sustainable and economic, Combibloc Eco Plus appeals across all categories from premium organic to price entry commodity, brands and private labels alike. Combibloc Eco Plus can be filled on standard beverage filling machines from SIG with a simple change to the filling parameters.

„Combibloc Eco Plus works for customers and for the planet,” said Frederic Faber, Marketing Account Manager D-A-CH at SIG. “It combines environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness like no other aseptic carton pack available on the market. This unique combination has made Combibloc Eco Plus appealing to SIG customers across a broad market spread, from premium brands to private labels“.

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